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Posted: May 23, 2018

No serious injuries amid fires near Selah

While a brush fire scorched roughly 300 acres Tuesday afternoon, threatening at least seven homes on the 500 block of Lucas Road, a nearby tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 82 closed part of the highway for hours and backed up traffic for several miles. The cause of the brush fire — which was still burning late Tuesday — is under investigation, said Michael Daniels, deputy to the garrison commander at the Yakima Training Center.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 10:39:09 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
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Posted: May 23, 2018

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-SVI Rescue Trucks

St. Louis (MO) Fire Department heavy rescue units (2). Spartan Gladiator cabs and chassis; Cummins ISX12 500-hp engines; 26-foot walk-in rescue bodies with forward walk-in design.

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Posted: May 23, 2018

'Low-frequency, high-risk': Longview firefighters practice rope rescues

Rope rescues are rare for Longview firefighters. But that doesn’t stop the department’s rope rescue team from constantly honing its skills. “It’s a low-frequency, high-risk event,” Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said Tuesday. Buzalsky was standing at the bottom of an eight-story staircase at Campus Towers near Lower Columbia College.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 9:16:00 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
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Posted: May 22, 2018

Pittsfield (VT) Voters Approve Fire Apparatus Purchase

At a special town meeting, voters were asked to decide two questions: The first asked if voters would allow the Select Board to put $35,000 into a newly-created reserve fund to buy a new fire truck, and the second asked if voters would allow the Pittsfield Volunteer Fire Department, or PVFD, to use up to $200,000 to buy a new tanker truck.  

In March, voters approved the purchase of the truck and tabled the creation of the reserve fund. But a petition forced the second vote Wednesday night.

Town Clerk Patricia Haskins said the fire truck question was approved by a vote of 69-31, with one ballot spoiled.

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Posted: May 22, 2018

Cincinnati Fire Department Considers New Fire Station

District Chief Dan Merz said some West Side companies have gone from being among the slower areas to the busier ones. Some crews are making as many as 30 runs in a day.

 

Adding another fire station would cut down on response times, lessen the wear on personnel and reduce the number of equipment failures, according to Merz.

To add a new station, the department will need more new recruits, according to Matt Alter, the president of firefighter union Local 48.

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